The World Orphan Centre (WOC), a voluntary organisation made up of mainly college and university students, observed World Orphans Day for the first time on April 20, said a press release.
Though the day, declared by the WOC, is still not recognised by the United Nations' organisation, it was simultaneously observed in Bangladesh, Slovenia, UK, Australia, USA, Germany, France, India, Zambia, Netherlands and Uganda. On the day in Bangladesh, the centre organised various awareness-raising programmes in Dhaka and Chittagong with the motto 'Be the guardian of orphans and street children.'
In Dhaka, a group of the WOC volunteers gathered at the Korail slum in Banani not only to see and spend time with the children there but also to plan their future course of action.
Journalist and human rights activist Badiuzzaman Bay was present as chief guest on the occasion. He said anyone with a sympathetic mind can work for the underprivileged children in their own ways.
In Chittagong, the centre organised a seminar and a road-show and provided food to some orphans.
The Chairman of the WOC Mohammad Aman Ullah said there are 143 million orphans all over the world. "In Bangladesh, we have five million orphans and street children. If we can ensure a healthy childhood for them, educate them properly, we can put an end to terrorism and poverty," he added.